Adak Island is home to something you won’t find much of elsewhere in the Aleutians: a herd of caribou, introduced in the 1950s as a hunting option for the naval base. The base has since closed, but the caribou are still there -- and lately, some have been striking out for new pastures.
As KUCB’s Annie Ropeik reports, it’s got wildlife refuge managers looking to keep a herd from forming where hunters can’t follow.
The port of Dutch Harbor will hang onto its title as the nation’s busiest fishing port for another year.
According to the latest rankings from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, about 753 million pounds of seafood were landed here in 2013. That’s more than any other port in America. It's also the 17th consecutive year Unalaska has gotten that distinction.
It’s mostly due to the large volume of pollock brought in from the Bering Sea, along with crab and other groundfish. Those deliveries were worth slightly less last year. But at $197 million, they were still the second most profitable in the nation.
Next week, Alaskans will vote on whether to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in the state. The passage of ballot measure 2 would mean a major adjustment for local governments and police -- and in Unalaska, they think it’s a step in the wrong direction.
City council will vote on a resolution declaring their opposition to the ballot measure at their regular meeting tonight. It was handed to them by Unalaska police. According to Sgt. Bill Simms, legalizing the drug "wouldn't work" here:
Before the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention wrapped up in Anchorage last week, a handful of attendees made history. They watched as Governor Sean Parnell signed legislation making Alaska Native dialects -- like Unangam Tunuu -- official languages in the state.
KUCB’s Lauren Rosenthal heard from two speakers of the Aleutian-Pribilof language who were there to witness the event.
Jesse Lee, 24, is accused of sending roughly $70,000 worth of drugs from Washington State to Unalaska this month. The destination was a post office box that's registered to Lee and 30-year-old Kyle Eby.